October Holidays

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Halloween, is one of the most beloved October Holidays for kids, and  even the adults. Heck...even the animals get into dressing up and entering costume contests! 

The fall colors are beautiful this time of year, and there are lots of fun fall harvest festivals to attend.

From Halloween, on through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, the time gets lumped together and called "The Holidays". Some stores even bring out the Christmas goods right after Halloween!

Below you will find our listing of October Holidays and Observances that fall in the month of October.  

NOTE:

  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked below.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, we'll include the year as well as the date rule below. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
  3. If we have made an error, have any incorrect dates, or have left off any Holidays, Observances, or Awareness Days etc, please let us know! Contact Us!



Annual Holidays and Observances
United Nations International Years

Each year, the United Nations chooses a few different topics, or themes that they want all the Countries around the World to focus on. 

In 2016, these are:

  • International Year of Pulses

In 2015, these are:

  • International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
  • International Year of Soils

In 2014, these are:

  • International Year of Crystallography
  • International Year of Family Farming
  • International Year of Small Island Developing States
  • International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

In 2013, these are:

  • International Year of Quinoa
  • International Year of Water Cooperation

In 2012, these are:

  • International Year of Cooperatives
  • International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.


Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Adopt a Dog Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • American Cheese Month
  • American Magazine Month
  • American Pharmacists Month
  • Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
  • Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
  • Car Care Month
  • Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
  • Child Health Month
  • Children's Magazine Month
  • Christmas Seal Campaign
  • Church Library Month
  • Church Safety and Security Month
  • Class Reunion Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Consumer Information Month
  • Cookbook Month
  • Co-op Awareness Month
  • Country Music Month
  • Crime Prevention Month
  • Cut Out Dissection Month
  • Dollhouse & Miniatures Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Eat Better, Eat Together Month
  • Eat Country Ham Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • Employee Ownership Month
  • Energy Awareness Month
  • Energy Management is a Family Affair - Improve Your Home Month
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Fair Trade Month
  • Family Health Month
  • Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month
  • Financial Planning Month
  • Fire Prevention Month
  • Gay and Lesbian History Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • Go Hog Wild-Eat Country Ham Month
  • Halloween Safety Month
  • Head Start Awareness Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • Hunger Awareness Month
  • International Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • International Starman Month
  • International Strategic Planning Month
  • Long-Term Care Planning Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Month
  • Month of Freethought
  • National AIDS Awareness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Apple Month
  • National Applejack Month
  • National Audiology Awareness Month
  • National Bake and Decorate Month
  • National Book Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Chili Month
  • National Chiropractic Health Month
  • National Cookie Month
  • National Crime Prevention Month
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Depression Education and Awareness Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • National Ergonomics Month
  • National Family Sexuality Education Month - Let's Talk
  • National Farm to School Month
  • National Gain the Inside Advantage Month
  • National Go on a Field Trip Month
  • National Kitchen and Bath Month
  • National Liver Awareness Month
  • National Medical Librarians Month
  • National Orthodontic Health Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Pickled Peppers Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • National Pretzel Month
  • National Protect Your Hearing Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National RSV Awareness Month
  • National Sarcastic Awareness Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • National Spinning & Weaving Month
  • National Stamp Collecting Month
  • National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
  • National Window Covering Safety Month
  • National Work and Family Month
  • Organize Your Medical Information Month
  • Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month
  • Pear and Pineapple Month
  • Persimmons Month
  • Photographer Appreciation Month
  • Polish-American Heritage Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • Quality Month
  • Raptor Month
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Rhizomes Month
  • Right Brainers Rule Month
  • Sausage Month
  • Self-Promotion Month
  • Sexuality Education Month
  • SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 
  • Spina Bifida Prevention Month
  • Spinach Lovers Month
  • Spinal Health Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Month
  • Tackling Hunger Month
  • Talk about Prescriptions Month
  • UNICEF Month
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Month
  • Wishbones for Pets Month
  • Workplace Politics Awareness Month
  • World Animal Month
  • World Blindness Awareness Month
  • World Menopause Month
  • Youth Against Tobacco Month


Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 4-12, 2014
  • American Beer Week - Second week of October
  • Animal Welfare Week - October 6-12, 2013 (First Week of October)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Week - Fourth week of October
  • Customer Service Week - October 6-10, 2014 
  • Disarmament Week - October 24-30
  • Emergency Nurses Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week of October)
  • Fall Astronomy Week - October 4-11, 2014
  • Financial Planning Week - October 6-12, 2014 (First Mon-Sun Week in October)
  • Fire Prevention Week - October 5-11, 2014 (Second Week of October)
  • Get Organized Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week of October)
  • Great Books Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week of October)
  • Healthcare Security & Safety Week and Officers Week & Day - October 12-18, 2014
  • Hepatitis Awareness Week - Third week of October
  • Infection Control Week - Third week of October
  • International Healthcare Central Service/Sterile Processing Week - October 6-12, 2013
  • International Infection Prevention Week - October 19-25, 2014
  • Islamic New Year - Evening of October 24, 2014 to Evening of October 25, 2014
  • Kid's Goal Setting Week - October 6-10, 2014
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week of October)
  • Mystery Series Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week of October)
  • National Bulk Foods Week - Third week of October
  • National Carry a Tune Week - October 5-11, 2014
  • National Case Management Week - October 12-18, 2014 (Second Full Week of October)
  • National Chemistry Week - October 19-25, 201 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Chili Week - First week of October
  • National Chimney Safety Week - September 28 - October 4, 2014 (Week before Fire Prevention Week)
  • National Consumers Week
  • National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week -  October 13-17, 2014 
  • National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend - October 3-5, 2014
  • National Food Bank Week - October 12-18, 2014 (Week that has Oct. 16th in it - World Food Day)
  • National Health Education Week - Third week of October
  • National Healthcare Facilities & Engineering Week - October 19-25, 2014
  • National Healthcare Food Service Workers Week - October 6-12, 2014 
  • National Healthcare Quality Week - October 19-25, 2014 (Third Full Week of October)
  • National Healthcare Resource & Materials Management Week - October 6-12, 2013 (First Week of October)
  • National Healthcare Supply Chain Week - October 6-13, 2014
  • National Hispanic Heritage Weeks - September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014 (Last Two Weeks of September and First two weeks of October)
  • National Home-based Business Week - First week of October
  • National Hospital & Health System Pharmacy Week - October 19-25, 2014 
  • National Kraut Sandwich Week - Third week of October
  • National Massage Therapy Awareness Week - October 19-25, 2014 (Last Full Week in October)
  • National Medical Assistants Recognition Week - October 20-24, 2014
  • National Metric Week - October 6-12, 2014 (Week that has Oct. 10th in it)
  • National Midwifery Week - October 5-11, 2014 (Sunday to Saturday During the First Full Week of October)
  • National Newspaper Week - Second week of October
  • National Nuclear Science Week - October 20-24, 2014
  • National Pharmacy Technician Week  - Second to last week of October
  • National Physician Assistants Week - October 6-12
  • National Red Ribbon Week - October 23-31
  • National Respiratory Care Week - October 19-25, 2014 (Last Full Week of October)
  • National School Bus Safety Week - October 20-24, 2014
  • National School Lunch Week - October 13-17, 2014 (Starts on Second Monday in October) 
  • National Veterinary Technician Week - October 13-19
  • National Walk Your Dog Week - October 1-7 (First Week of October)
  • National Wolf Awareness Week - October 13-19, 2013 (Second Full Week of October)
  • National Work From Home Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week in October)
  • No Salt Week - October 3-10
  • Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Week - October 5-11, 2014 (First Full Week of October)
  • Pastoral Care Week - October 19-25, 2014 
  • Pediatric Nursing Week - October 6-12, 2013 
  • Pickled Peppers Week - Third week of October
  • Pumpkin Chunkin Days - October 24-26, 2014 (See our Pumpkins Page!)
  • Respiratory Care Week - Last Week of October
  • Shemini Atzeret - Evening of October 15, 2014 to Evening of October 16, 2014
  • Simchat Torah - Evening of October 16, 2014 to Evening of October 17, 2014
  • Spinning & Weaving Week - October 6-12, 2014 (First Full Week Mon-Sun in October) 
  • Sukkot - Evening of October 8, 2014 to Evening of October 15, 2014
  • Teen Read Week - October 12-18, 2014 (Third week of October)
  • Universal Children's Week - October 1-7
  • Walk a Child to School Week - First full week of October
  • Winter Weather Preparedness Week - October 20 - November 9 (Dates Vary by State)
  • World Dairy Expo - October 7-12, 2014 (First Tuesday - Sunday in October) 
  • World Space Week - October 4-10
  • Yom Kippur - Evening of October 3, 2014 to Evening of October 4, 2014


Daily Holidays and Observances


  • International Day of Older Persons - October 1
  • International Music Day - October 1
  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day - October 1
  • Homemade Cookies Day - October 1
  • National Black Dog Day - October 1
  • Pudding Season Begins - October 1
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day - October 1, 2014 (First Wednesday in October) (Thanks to Stacey R. for letting us know about this one)
  • World Vegetarian Day - October 1
  • International Day of Non-Violence - October 2
  • National Fried Scallops Day - October 2
  • World Farm Animals Day - October 2
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day - October 3
  • National Caramel Custard Day - October 3
  • National Manufacturing Day - October 3, 2014
  • World Temperance Day - October 3
  • National Taco Day - October 4
  • National Vodka Day - October 4
  • St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day - October 4
  • World Animal Day - October 4
  • World Pet's Day - October 4
  • National Apple Betty Day - October 5
  • World Teacher's Day - October 5
  • Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention - October 6, 2014 (First Monday in October)
  • Child Health Day - October 6, 2014 (First Monday in October)
  • National Noodle Day - October 6
  • World Habitat Day - October 6, 2014 (First Monday in October)
  • National Frappe Day - October 7
  • National Children's Day - October 8
  • National Fluffernutter Day - October 8
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day - October 8, 2014 (Second Wednesday in October)
  • National Pierogi Day - October 8
  • Stop America's Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Today - October 8, 2014
  • Leif Erikson Day - October 9
  • Moldy Cheese Day - October 9
  • National Dessert Day - October 9, 2014 (Second Thursday in October) and also on October 14
  • Submarine Hoagy Hero Grinder Day - October 9
  • World Post Day - October 9
  • World Sight Day - October 9, 2014 (Second Thursday in October)
  • Bonza Bottler Day - October 10
  • National Angel Food Cake Day - October 10
  • National Depression Screening Day - October 10, 2014
  • World Egg Day - October 10, 2014 (Second Friday of October)
  • World Mental Health Day - October 10
  • Coming Out Day - October 11
  • International Day of the Girl Child - October 11
  • National Sausage Pizza Day - October 11
  • Universal Music Day - October 11, 2014 (Second Saturday in October)
  • Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Day - October 12, 2014 (Second Sunday in October
  • National Gumbo Day - October 12
  • Old Farmers Day - October 12
  • World Arthritis Day - October 12, 2014
  • Columbus Day - October 13, 2014 (Second Monday in October)
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction - October 13
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day - October 13
  • US Navy Birthday (USN) - October 13
  • National Chocolate Covered Insects Day - October 14
  • National Dessert Day - October 14 and on October 9, 2014
  • Get to Know Your Customer Day - October15, 2015 (Third Thursday of the Start of Each Quarter, Jan/April/July/Oct)
  • Hoshanah Rabbah - October 15, 2014 (Final Day of Sukkot)
  • International Day of Rural Women - October 15
  • National Chicken Cacciatore Day - October 15
  • National Roast Pheasant Day - October 15
  • National Boss Day - October 16, 2014 (October 16 annually except if it falls on a weekend, then nearest weekday)
  • National Dictionary Day - October 16
  • National Feral Cat Day - October 16
  • National Liqueur Day - October 16
  • Spirit Day - October 16
  • World Anaesthesia Day - October 16
  • World Food Day - October 16
  • Four Prunes Day - October 17
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
  • National Pasta Day - October 17
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day - October 18
  • Sweetest Day - October 18, 2014 (Third Saturday in October)
  • National Seafood Bisque Day - October 19
  • National Brandied Fruit Day - October 20
  • Caramel Apple Day - October 21
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day - October 21 (See our Pumpkins Page!)
  • Reptile Awareness Day - October 21
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day - October 22, 2014
  • Lung Health Day - October 22, 2014
  • National Nut Day - October 22
  • Diwali - October 23, 2014
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day - October 23
  • National Canning Day - October 23
  • Good and Plenty Day - October 24
  • National Bologna Day - October 24
  • United Nations Day - October 24
  • World Development Information Day - October 24
  • National Greasy Foods Day - October 25
  • Day of the Deployed - October 26
  • Mince Meat Pie Day - October 26
  • Mother-in-law Day - October 26, 2014 (4th Sunday in October)
  • National Mule Day - October 26
  • Pretzel Day - October 26
  • Pumpkin Day - October 26 (See our Pumpkins Page!)
  • American Beer Day - October 27
  • Lock Your Meds Day - October 27, 2014
  • Make a Difference Day - October 27
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Day - October 27
  • National Potato Day - October 27
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - October 27
  • National Chocolate Day - October 28
  • Plush Animal Lovers Day - October 28
  • Wild Foods Day - October 28
  • International Internet Day - October 29
  • National Cat Day - October 29
  • National Oatmeal Day - October 29
  • World Psoriasis Day - October 29, 2014
  • Buy a Donut Day - October 30
  • National Candy Corn Day - October 30
  • Halloween - October 31
  • National Caramel Apple Day - October 31
  • Samhain - October 31 (Pagan)
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day - October 31




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October Daily Holidays Detail

Below, you will find a Daily page for each day of October that will have lots of information pertaining to that specific day of the year - Holidays and Observances for the Day, History of the Day, Quote of the Day, Recipe of the Day, Song of the Day, Word of the Day and More! (Pages will be linked up as completed)

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  • October 8
  • October 9
  • October 10
  • October 11
  • October 12
  • October 13
  • October 14
  • October 15
  • October 16
  • October 17
  • October 18
  • October 19
  • October 20
  • October 21
  • October 22
  • October 23
  • October 24
  • October 25
  • October 26
  • October 27
  • October 28
  • October 29
  • October 30
  • October 31

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